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Submission + - OSS Replacements for enterprise systems

bingbong writes: My company is in process of rebuilding our IT infrastructure from scratch. One of our board members asked if we considered all options- i.e. not following a single vendor integrated solution.

I was wondering if I could get some suggestions from the Slashdot crowed on OSS alternatives...

Some caveats: we need a knowledge management system, our international offices (35+) have limited bandwidth (some only have 256k up/down do to their remote locations), and we need to automate things like file encryption. Domestically we need to be FISMA compliant. Wine / crossover office is an acceptable solution for those projects who contractually mandate the use of certain word processing products.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Submission + - Name and Postcode required for Blogging in Sth Aus (news.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: SOUTH Australia has become one of the few states in the world to censor the internet.

The new law, which came into force on January 6, requires internet bloggers, and anyone making a comment on next month's state election, to publish their real name and postcode when commenting on the poll.

The law will affect anyone posting a comment on an election story on The Advertiser's AdelaideNow website, as well as other news sites such as The Punch, the ABC's The Drum and Fairfax newspapers' National Times site.


Submission + - Meteorologists discover new cloud

goldaryn writes: Several news sources are reporting that British meteorologists may have discovered a new classification of cloud.

Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to have the new cloud type officially added to the international nomenclature scheme used by forecasters to identify clouds.

The new cloud, a type of storm cloud, has been named "Asperatus" after the Latin word for rough.

The BBC also has a nice picture gallery.
The Media

Submission + - RIAA Proposes Taxing Radio Stations (noperformancetax.org)

jfreaksho writes: Local radio stations in my area have been playing advertisements for http://www.noperformancetax.org/, a website dedicated to preventing the passage of http://www.noperformancetax.org/clips/Leahy_S379.pdf and http://www.noperformancetax.org/clips/CONYER_bill.pdf which will levy a tax on radio performances. This is ostensibly being done for the artists, but we all know how that goes. The ads are presented as the "foreign-owned" recording companies asking for a bailout from U.S. taxpayers.
The Courts

Submission + - Church of Scientology on trial in France (theage.com.au)

Anonymous Coward writes: "A trial opened in Paris that could spell the end of the controversial Church of Scientology in France. Seven senior French officials of the church, as well as its French headquarters — the Church of Scientology-Celebrity Centre — and the headquarters' bookshop went on trial on charges of organised fraud and operating a pharmacy without a licence. A conviction on the charges could lead to a fine of up to 5 million euros ($A8.95 million) and, more importantly, the dissolution of the church in France. The case is based on complaints filed by two women in December 1998 and July 1999."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Apple threatens Danish reseller of iPhone 1

Per Abrahamsen writes: "Apple has has send a letter (article in Danish) to Telekæden, the largest independent cell phone chain in Denmark, demanding that sign an agreement to stop reselling parallel imported iPhones and deliver all unsold phones to Apples Danish lawyer. This in spite of both German and French courts declaring Apple's tying the iPhone to a single operator for being against European law.

The price at Telekæden for a phone not bound to any operator is DKK 5,900, or US$ 1,200. This compares favorable with the official minimum prices (including subscription) of US$ 1,840 when buying from AT&T, £900 (US$ 1850) in UK from O2, or 1600 (US$ 2350) from T-Mobile in Germany."

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